Head for the hills and messing about in boats

We are pleased to announce that we are now taking names for the annual sailing and mountaineering trips that are available to scouts who will be aged 13+ and our young leader explorer scouts.


The SWAN sailing course is a week long trip on the Norfolk Broads where scouts and explorers live as part of a crew of 5 on board a traditional keel boat which they will learn to sail properly over the course of a week. The course is designed so that scouts can return year on year building on what they have learned until they are able to skipper a boat.

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Its a huge amount of fun and an opportunity for older scouts to get an idea of what being in Explorers is all about!

Dates are 27 March – 4 April

Initial Mountaineering Course

The IMC is a week long introduction to mountaineering run by Hertfordshire Scouts at their centre at Lochearnhead in the Scottish Highlands. Scouts will be introduced to cross country navigation, use of ropes and belays, and if conditions permit (ie there is enough snow!) the use of ice axes and crampons.

For most of the week accommodation is at Lochearnhead Scout Station, a disused railway station in the Highlands. It culminates however in two nights wild camping in the mountains.

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It’s a stretching trip but one that is some serious adventure and a great introduction to Explorers.

Dates are 3-11 April or 10-18 April

If you are interested in going on either trip please speak to Graham at Scouts as soon as possible!